Yesterday the news broke that the legendary punk band the Misfits would be doing a reunion tour with the original line up. Glenn Danzing himself will be sharing a stage with Jerry Only and Doyle Von Frankenstein. This will be the first time in 30 years that the band has existed in this line up. The original line up was together from 1977 to 1983. In just that short amount of time the Misfits created amazing punk albums such as Walk Among us and Earth A.D. And Static Age, even though Static Age did not get released until 1997, long after the original line up had split.
The facts that we know so far is that they have made amends to do at least two shows together later this year at Riot Fest Chicago September 16th – 18th at Douglas Park. Riot Fest Denver will go down two weeks earlier, September 2nd – 4th, at National Western Complex.
This came as a complete surprise to myself a long time Misfits fan. Although I do recall Doyle leaving the band some time in 2013 and began doing a few shows with Danzig in 2014. Doyle did state at that time that he was ” ready right now” when asked about a possible reunion tour. Jerry on the other hand was still a little stand offish with this comment when asked about the reunion “The thing is, I have an obligation to our fans. A lot of our fans are young and the thing is, we’re a very positive organization. We may have a lot of scary s–t, but we’re working out, we take care of mom, we’ve got jobs. It’s no b######t. We work for what we’re doing. If we bring Glenn back in and he’s going to bring that dark, that real black stuff to the table, I don’t want that.”
“All the money in the world ain’t gonna make me sell out my fans. What I feel is that, I’d rather be where I am and be happy and be a positive influence than to be the richest man in the world and miserable and be a scumbag to the kids that follow us. I’m not doing that. I told Doyle that. I told him, ‘Hey look, if Glenn wants to come be a team player and leave that s–t at home, we’re good.’ That’s the name of the game.”
If there was a soundtrack to my early twenties it would have definitely been early Misfits songs like We are 138, Die Die Die my Darling. while running around in Atlanta Ga. causing all kinds of mischief. One of my first Misfits albums was Misfits Collection 1 I picked up at a used CD store back in the 90s. After hearing those dark lyrics and being do different from anything that I had heard at the time I immediately became fascinated with the band. They quickly became one of my favorite punk bands and still are to this day.
I am extremely excited to see Glenn and Jerry put aside the decades of bad blood between them, and do what will surely be a historical show.